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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Pub on the Pole

MTThe Oktyabrskoye Pole district now has its own Irish Pub, O'Cleary's.
Irish pubs have broken loose from the city center and are settling in neighborhoods further and further afield. No longer solely the haunt of the tourists, expats and other miscellaneous well-to-do, the new wave of pubs attracts a more democratic crowd who can't be bothered traipsing downtown to catch football on a big screen. O'Cleary's fills this niche nicely. It's got just what the locals want -- a good range of beers, sports on screen and reasonable prices for the food.

Its basement setting is large and spacious, which helps keep the smoke levels down. Although roomy, the place is popular enough that on Friday evenings you may find that the bar's the only place left with free seating. The general fit-out is what you'd expect, not overly lavish, but a straightforward and uncluttered interpretation of the Irish pub genre. Somewhat offputtingly, the entrance is shared with a slots hall.

There are 14 varieties of draft beer -- although you'd be lucky to find all of them available at any given moment. The two draft Irish beers are the old standard Guinness at 230 rubles a pint and Kilkenny at 220 rubles a pint. There's also English Boddington's (190 rubles a half-liter) and Scottish Tennent's (190 rubles a half-liter). Czech beers are well represented with six varieties both dark and light, some brewed locally under license and some imported. Zolotaya Bochka is the most inexpensive draft beer at 90 rubles a half-liter. Mondays to Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven of the draft beers are sold at roughly 20 to 30 percent off.

There is a good selection beer snacks such as nachos (240 rubles), chicken wings (regular 220 rubles and jumbo 280 rubles), potato wedges with cheese and bacon (170 rubles) and prawns boiled in beer (220 rubles). More substantial Mexican beer-friendly offerings include chili (240 rubles) and quesadilla (290 rubles). There is even a Guinness Irish stew (180 rubles).

For those with little ones (or in case you would rather avoid the ankle biters), on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the pub has family festivities with clowns, games and a children's menu.

48 Ul. Narodnogo Opolcheniya, korpus 1, 195-9035, 10 a.m.-last client, M. Oktyarbrskoye Pole.